Peninsula Pulse – June 17-24, 2016

In this issue

  • Kewaunee Groundwater Workgroup Meeting Scheduled

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have called a meeting to share final recommendations from the five workgroups that have been meeting to address groundwater contamination in Kewaunee County. The final report will include short- and long-term recommendations for protecting groundwater in Kewaunee, Door and Brown counties, as well […]

  • What's On Tap June 24-26

    Italian Night Out, Improvised Orchestra, Motor Show & More Weekend Plans

    With June wrapping up, summer is kicking into high gear. Take the time this weekend to get out on the water, out to the theater, or out on the dance floor. Friday, June 24 Nature Program Join Jennifer Redell, WDNR bat biologist, in Newport State Park as she presents on bats and conducts a survey […]

  • Lasee at Bottom, Kitchens at Top in “Conservation Scorecard”

    The Conservation Scorecard 2015-2016, released June 15, paints a picture of aggressive attacks against our water, air and land. However, it also shows that engaged conservation voters were able to stop or improve the worst of those pieces of legislation. Jennifer Giegerich, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters legislative director, said, “We saw more attacks on […]

  • DNR to Scale Back High Capacity Well Authority

    In a move condemned by state conservation groups, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has decided to abide by Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel’s May 10 ruling that the DNR does not have authority to consider the cumulative effect of high capacity wells when issuing permits. In his ruling, Schimel stated: “Neither Wis. Stat. 281 […]

  • County of Door Receives Recycling Grant

    The County of Door received a basic recycling grant in the amount of $75,126.47, plus a 2016 recycling consolidation grant calculated at 26 cents per person in the county – or $7,378.99. The recycling grants are part of nearly $18 million in recycling grants that have been awarded to 1,024 local governments to offset some […]

  • Proposed Reduction in 2017 Chinook Salmon Stocking

    A 62 percent reduction in Chinook salmon stocking numbers for 2017 has been recommended by the Lake Michigan Committee of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. In an online media briefing held the morning of June 13, two members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries team – Todd Kalish and Brad Eggold – discussed […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Third District Alderman Resigns

    City of Sturgeon Bay Third District Alderman Edward Ireland gave notice on June 9 of his intended resignation from the City Council. In his letter to Mayor Thad Birmingham, Ireland said health is the reason for his resignation and asked for a replacement as soon as possible. Ireland was first elected to represent the Third […]

  • The Climate Corner: The Seemingly Impossible and Inevitable Clean Energy Transition

      By Rolf Nordstrom, president & CEO, Great Plains Institute   Why does a clean energy transition seem impossible? Let’s start with the basics of the climate change problem that 97 percent of climate scientists say, categorically, we need to fix: Earth evolved a carbon cycle that was in rough equilibrium before the industrial revolution […]

  • Is Uber the Missing Piece of Door County’s Public Transit Puzzle?

    Three or four nights a month, a man in Door County fills his car with bottled water and a jug of candy and drives down to Green Bay. Michael (who requested his last name not be printed) parks on Washington Street or in front of Lambeau Field and turns on the Uber ride-booking app on […]

  • Ephraim Makes Final Approval of Alcohol Licenses

    With a crash of the gavel at the Ephraim Village Hall, Village Board President Mike McCutcheon announced to a standing-room only crowd, “Ladies and gentlemen, history has been made.” Ephraim took the final steps to allow beer and wine within the village at its regularly scheduled board meeting on June 14. The meeting included three […]

  • Sevastopol Student Dies of Meningitis

    The Sevastopol school community is mourning the loss of Matthew West, a 15-year-old who had just completed 8th grade at Sevastopol Middle School and was looking forward to entering high school in the fall. He died June 13 from Streptococcus pneumoniae, or meningitis caused by bacteria. “We have had people calling us and asking what […]

  • Kitchens Responds to Statement on Transportation Funding

    Representative Joel Kitchens In response to the statement by Secretary Gottlieb of the Department of Transportation that he would not ask for any increased fees or spending in his upcoming budget request, Kitchens expressed his support for fixing Wisconsin roads and pursuing a long-term solution for transportation funding. Rep Kitchens stated: “Our transportation system is […]

  • Roy Lukes: Great Crested Flycatcher

    Some of the most valuable standing trees in the natural undisturbed woods are the dead ones. Follow the daily activities of certain birds and you’ll soon discover why this is true. Nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, wrens, some owls, kestrels and crested flycatchers depend largely upon nesting cavities found in dead or dying trees. Remove the standing […]

  • Science Snippet: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Hereditary?

    A person whose parent or a sibling had the disease has a risk factor of developing late onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). But this is only one of many risk factors. Research on the genetics of AD has produced a mixed bag of results, although scientists have discovered at least 20 different genes that may play […]

  • An Outlook: Contemplating Planned Obsolescence While Shaving

    As a rule, I hate to shave and I believe that most males share a similar sentiment. As young men we eagerly await the first signs of whiskers, to either grow some facial hair or to start shaving. Once the whiskers begin, however, and the reality that we will be shaving or dealing with facial […]

  • Public Meeting on Highway Resurfacing June 22

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region is announcing a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements to Hwy. 42 from Bluff Lane in Gibraltar to Country Walk Drive in Sister Bay. The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Gibraltar High School, Fish Creek. There will be […]

  • Door County Municipal News: June 17 – 24

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on June 20. The Common Council meets at 7 pm on June 21. The Parks & Recreation Committee meets at 7 pm on June 22. County of Door: The Law Enforcement Committee meets at 8:30 am on June 20. The Land Conservation […]

  • Note from the Publisher: Happy Father’s Day

    Father’s Day and Mother’s Day were not days I remember celebrating while growing up. We would of course acknowledge the day but there was little fanfare. Neither my Mother’s nor Father’s personality lent themselves to grand celebrations. My Father in particular is not comfortable being the center of attention. Despite his tendency to avoid the […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News: June 17 – 24

    City of Algoma: The Library Board meets at 4 pm on June 20. The Community Development Committee meets at 6 pm on June 20. The Marina Committee meets at 5 pm on June 21. The Medical Center Board meets at 4:30 pm on June 22. The Cemetery Committee meets at 9 am on June 23. […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: June 17, 2016

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator It took three long years, but I’m happy to announce that all the work is done in Sister Bay! The beach is open, the Sister Bay Stage is complete, and, most importantly, the highway is finished and there are no more detours or orange barrels! Residents, business owners and visitors […]

  • McHugh Brothers Qualify for Olympic Trials

    On June 26, both Conner and Max McHugh will compete in the 100M Breaststroke in Omaha, Neb., to obtain a coveted spot on the Olympic team. Conner hit his goal a few months ago swimming for the University of Minnesota as a standout sophomore, setting a new university record. Max qualified for Olympic trials during […]

  • Brush Up on Basketball Skills at Door County Camp

    Door County Basketball Camp is returning for 2016. Now in its fourth year, the popular camp will be held at Sevastopol Schools, July 18-21. A morning session will run from 9 am to noon with an extended/advanced afternoon session from 1-5 pm. Campers entering first through fifth grades are invited to the morning session while […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Cal Ripken Baseball League: June 8 &13

    Results June 8 Baylake Bank 1, Rotary 1 Pitchers: Chris Lodl, Jack Peterson and Charlie Neinas for Baylake; Cal Ellefson and Austin Ploor for Rotary Leading hitters: Charlie Neinas, single; and Darien Muraski, single June 13 Lions 1, Baylake 31 Pitcher: Chris Lodl Leading Hitters: Jack Peterson – home run, double and two singles; Charlie […]

  • Sign Up for Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club

    The Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club (SBSC) season will run from Aug. 1 through mid-October in 2016 and is open to all students entering fifth through eighth grade in the Sturgeon Bay, St. John Bosco and Southern Door School Districts. Teams are created at the seventh/eighth grade level and at the fifth/sixth grade level. SBSC is […]

  • Green Bay Catch Rates on Rise

    Recent rains have added to high water levels across the state. Erratic weather and strong winds throughout the past week had kept fishing pressure sporadic. However, angling success for species from panfish to trout, musky to northern pike, has been improving. The mayfly hatch on some northern lakes has put off the walleye bite some, […]

  • Visit Ephraim Yacht Club for Open House

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) will hold an open house on June 18, 10 am – 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to stop by and tour the facility. Members and EYC sailing staff will be available to answer questions. The Ephraim Yacht Club is located at 10071 Water St. For more information, call 920.854.7107 or […]

  • Door County League Baseball: June 12 Results

    Standings As of June 12 Egg Harbor 5-1 Kolberg 5-1 Sister Bay 5-1 West Jacksonport 4-2 Institute 2-3 Maplewood 2-4 Baileys Harbor 0-5 Washington Island 0-6   Results June 10 Washington Island @ Institute – Postponed June 12 Baileys Harbor 4, Egg Harbor 18 West Jacksonport 2, Sister Bay 5 Maplewood 0, Kolberg 1   […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Who Is Ron Johnson?

    For those that don’t follow politics, he’s one of two United States Senators that represents Wisconsin in Washington D.C. Senator Johnson is serving in his first term. Johnson beat Russ Feingold. Feingold held the office for 18 years. He had his time, and what did he do in those three six-year terms? His one defining […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ashamed of Our Weakness

    Other developed countries are similar to ours regarding mental health statistics. Their movie and video game cultures, etc., are comparable, but, unlike us, they have managed to control gun violence. Our gun deaths on a per capita basis are six times that of Canada, 43 times that of England, 23 times that of Australia and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks to Everyone Involved in Celebrity Golf Outing

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County would like to thank all those involved in making our 7th Annual Celebrity Golf Outing a resounding success. The outing was held on Tuesday, June 7, at the prestigious Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. We have many to thank for the outcome of this event, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trumpism

      Trumpism: a term soon to be added to the Webster Dictionary. This term will be defined as follows: a derogatory or hateful term, phrase or gesture; explicitly racial, ethnic, religious or sexual in content; intended to insult or defame, and always used out of context of the discussion. The term Trumpism replaces the terms […]

  • By the Numbers: Summer Solstice

      With the summer solstice officially arriving here at 5:34 pm on Monday, June 20, we look at some numbers for the summer of 2016.   1 Cancun is rated the No. 1 summer travel destination based on AAA travel bookings through Aug. 15. Punta Cana, Dominican Republican, is number 2, followed by London, Rome […]

  • Grand Opening Celebration at Nor Door YMCA

    The Door County YMCA welcomes all community members and visitors to a grand opening celebration of the newly expanded and renovated Northern Door Program Center in Fish Creek on June 18. This will be a free community day at the Northern Door Center from 7 am – 3 pm. Special events are planned from 10 […]

  • Vintage Apron Style Show Returns to Settlement Shops

    Sweetie Pies will hold its fifth biennial vintage apron style show on July 15 on the grounds of the Settlement Shops in Fish Creek. In advance of the show, organizer Renny Lea is looking for additional vintage aprons. This year’s show will have a memory theme. Anyone interested in having an apron included in the […]

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    Dr. Eric Paulsen Presented with Melvin Jones Award

    Sturgeon Bay Lions Club presented a Melvin Jones Fellowship award to Dr. Eric Paulsen at a recent meeting. The award is named after the founder of Lions Club International, and is given for dedicated humanitarian services. Dr. Paulsen, an optometrist in Sturgeon Bay provides low cost professional materials and services to those in need of […]

  • Rotary Club Awards More Than $20,000 in Scholarships

    This spring, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to 2016 graduates of Door County high schools. Seven students were awarded a Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Service Above Self scholarship and two earned a Rising to the Challenge scholarship. Recipients were Emily Ash, Robert De Meuse, Levi Haight and […]

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    Thrivent Financial Rep Grace Rossman Returns from Service Mission

    Working shoulder to shoulder with her team members and local volunteers in the Dominican Republic, Thrivent Financial representative Grace Rossman recently returned from a Habitat for Humanity service mission in the Dominican Republic building homes for and with the local population. The weeklong trip was part of the Thrivent Builds Worldwide program, a partnership between […]

  • Obituary: Michael Anderson

    Michael “Mike” Anderson, 49, of Forestville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Unity Point Health – Meriter in Madison following a recent surgery. He was born July 28, 1966 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Francis and Myra (Panger) Anderson. Mike graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1985. It […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Cherry Fest

    Volunteers are needed for vendor coordination and kolache baking at Jacksonport’s Cherry Fest. “The volunteers make Cherry Fest work,” states Vicki Bley as the Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) prepares for their 22nd annual fundraising event to be held Aug. 6 in Lakeside Park and the Erskine Rest Area on Hwy. 57. Bley adds that one […]

  • Obituary: Anne Stevens Hobler

    Anne S. Hobler, 98, of Ephraim, died at her home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. A complete notice will be available when arrangements are finalized.

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    Door-Tran Receives Sustainability Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Door-Tran a sustainability grant from the Health & Human Needs Fund. This grant helps to provide transportation to Door County residents who cannot afford the half-price travel vouchers program. This program is the last affordable option as the fare is based on a person’s ability to pay. “In […]

  • Obituary: John Brann

    John N. Brann, age 95, of Batavia IL and Baileys Harbor WI, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 after a brief illness. He was born in Madison, WI on May 4, 1921, the son of John W. and Nina Brann. John was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his early education in […]

  • Suicide Prevention Program in Sister Bay

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with a program on suicide prevention on July 14, 4 pm, at Stella Maris in Sister Bay. The Centers for Disease Control recently advised that “self-harm is an increasing public health concern.” Self-harm outpaces death by heart disease, lung cancer, road injury and […]

  • Belgian Days Festival Held July 9 & 10

    Belgian Days, a festival sponsored by the Brussels Lions Club, will be held July 9 & 10 at the Brussels Town Park in southern Door County. Belgian pies, Belgian trippe, Belgian jutt, booyah and burgers will be served both days. Other events include: youth baseball tournament on both days; a coed volleyball tournament on Saturday […]

  • Moravian Churches Present 5th Annual Fruit of the Spirit Concert

    The combined choirs of Ephraim, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay Moravian churches will present their 5th Annual Moravian Choir Concert, “Fruit of the Spirit,” at 4 pm on June 26, at the Ephraim Moravian Church. Selections are from the 1700s, 1800s and works of modern-day composers, and the program concludes with what is considered the […]

  • Obituary: Frederick B. Grant

    Frederick (Rick) Bahr Grant of Sister Bay died June 10, 2016 after a short fight with cancer. Rick, as he was known to everyone, was born in Highland Park, Illinois to Mona Bahr Grant and Charles Frederick Grant. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Michigan State University after which […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Hosts Belgian Waffle Breakfast

    The Belgian Heritage Center will hold a Belgian waffle breakfast on June 26, 9 am – 1 pm, at 1255 County Road DK in Brussels (the former St. Mary of the Snows Church in Namur). The breakfast will include waffles, eggs, potatoes, beverage and Marchant’s Belgian trippe. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for […]

  • Obituary: Ted Nelson Moore

    Ted Nelson Moore, Jr., 66, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 10, 2016 while playing golf in Egg Harbor. He was born December 28, 1949 in Illinois, the son of Theodore Nelson Moore, Sr., and Doris H. (Hampton) Moore. Following his graduation from high school, Ted went on to study at college […]

  • Wine Glass Planter Stolen in Sturgeon Bay

    A wine glass planter that was located in front of a business on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay was taken last weekend. If you have any information, please contact the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at 920.746.2450.

  • Sturgeon Bay YMCA to Sponsor Summer Foods Program

    The Door County Y’s Sturgeon Bay Program Center will once again sponsor the Summer Foods Program, where any child 18 and below can get a well balanced, nutritious meal free on weekdays all summer. This program began June 13. For detailed schedules of the Summer Foods Program, visit

  • Obituary: Geraldine G. Hanson

    Geraldine G. (Collins) Hanson, 87, died peacefully at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born July 2, 1928 and died June 8, 2016. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Allen and eldest son Scott. She will be greatly missed by children Randy (Diane), Rhonda (Dan), Mike (Clara), Julie, grandchildren great grandchildren […]

  • Party with the Pirates June 25

    Top of the Hill Shops, at the corner of Hwy. 42 & Cty F, are having their first Party with the Pirates on June 25, 10 am – 5 pm. It will be a day of fun, food, music and shopping. Pirates of the Harbour will be there from 11 am – 4 pm with […]

  • Jacksonport Historical Society Hosts Presentation on Hein Family

    Join the Jacksonport Historical Society on June 22 at 7 pm at the Jacksonport Town Hall for a presentation by Marilyn (Hein) Jome titled “The Hein Family – Deep Roots in Door County.” Jome, daughter of Stanley and Marie (Erskine) Hein, grew up in Sturgeon Bay. She was invited to go on a hike on […]

  • Births: June 1-7, 2016

    Desiree and Andy Martyn, Egg Harbor, are the parents of a son born June 7, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Amy and Randy Bischoff, Merrill, Wis., and Laura and Charlie Northway, Milladore, Wis. Paternal grandparents are Sara and Randy Martyn, Edgar, Wis.   Rachel Hendrick Christy and Dan […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: June 15

    Standings As of June 15 Blue Horse Beach Café 15-0 Sister Bay Bowl 12-3 Husby’s 9-0 PC Junction 9-0 Wilson’s 6-9 Nicolet Beach 2-10 Camp David 1-8 Main Street Market 0-12 Team Tomato 0-12   Results June 15 Team Tomato 0 (forfeit), Blue Horse 3 PC Junction 3, Wilson’s 0 Nicolet Beach 0, Sister Bay […]

  • Sledgehammer Ceremony Kicks Off Sunshine House Remodel

    Plans for Sunflower Cottage, a service of Sunshine House Inc., are well underway. Sunshine House has the room, with some remodeling, to expand their services to create a certified adult day care program or as they call it, a Life Enrichment Program. The overall project encompasses four phases of remodeling, each of which will progress […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Gas Goes Up

    It’s easy to see that gas prices have risen since the early days of 2016 when a gallon of gas cost as much as a gallon of milk. Gas prices are closely tied to oil prices and oil prices have rebounded from 15-year lows in January. While still down nearly 20 percent from this time […]

  • Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day June 18

    All residents, business owners or operators and owners of property in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are encouraged to participate in a Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day on June 18. There will be no charge to have documents securely shredded or to recycle most computer components and small household appliances, but […]

  • Blood Donations Needed in Wisconsin

    Donors of all blood types are currently needed in Wisconsin. The following are dates, times and locations of blood drives taking place in Door and Kewaunee County: June 20, 12-6 pm, St. Peters Evangelical Church, Sturgeon Bay; June 21, 9am-3pm, St. Peters Evangelical Church, Sturgeon Bay; June 22, 11am-5:30pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee; June 23, […]

  • PFLAG Door County Donation Supports Equality Florida Efforts

    PFLAG Door County is making a donation to support the efforts of Equality Florida, who are providing water and food to the long lines of people offering blood. They are also providing grief counseling and to help fund some of the funerals for those unable to afford them. To make a donation visit PFLAG […]

  • Door County History in Photos: Haymaking

    Haymaking the old-fashioned way in this undated photo from the Door County Historical Museum, 18 North 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Hours are 10 am – 4:30 pm daily May 1 – Oct. 31.

  • Featured Pet: Oso

    This is Oso, a two-year-old chocolate lab. He’s a very handsome boy, and has grown up to be a big and strong dog. His personality is very loving and playful. In many ways, he’s a typical lab: good natured, outgoing, energetic and calm. Oso came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a recent […]

  • Von Stiehl Wins Four Gold Medals

    Von Stiehl just brought home to the peninsula four gold medals; three from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and one from the West Coast Wine Competition. Tasters Guild Golds were awarded to von Stiehl’s Sangiovese Grosso, Late Harvest Riesling and Apple Icing. These three wines have become accustomed to the color gold as they have […]

  • Youth Center Reopens in Sister Bay

    The Youth Center has reopened at the Sister Bay Village Hall, providing a space for young community members to play games, relax and socialize with their peers. Sister Bay Village Board member Kathy Enquist took initiative in restarting the program, asking Shannon Jungwirth, a local parent, to help get it off the ground. The program originally […]

  • Arby’s Hosts Job Fair in Sturgeon Bay

    Arby’s Crew & Management Job Fair will be held at the Door County Job Center on June 21, 12 – 4 pm. Arby’s is hiring all positions: full and part time crew members, shift managers, assistant managers and restaurant managers. Some of the benefits are: 50 percent food discounts, 401(k) savings plan/years of service program; […]

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    Greens N Grains, Spa Verde and Brilliant Stranger Celebrations June 19

    Greens N Grains Natural Food Store and Cafe, located in downtown Egg Harbor, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as part of a three-way event on June 19, 1 – 6 pm. Owner Kathy Navis invites the community to sample many of their locally sourced farm and fermented products and to taste a variety of organic […]

  • American Life in Poetry

    by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate The greeting card companies are still making money, though the inventive online “cards” are gaining ground. Here’s a poem about pen and ink greeting cards, by Cynthia Ventresca, who lives in Delaware.   Delivered   She lived there for years in a small space in a high rise that […]

  • Server of the Week: Miranda Szcepanski @ Drink Coffee

    Miranda likes trying out new restaurants But she really loves Drink Coffee’s almond croissants. Her other job is in Ephraim, where she parasails. And on her day off she hikes the county’s best trails.   She teaches in Suamico in the off-season But she’d stay all year round, if she had a reason. And now […]

  • Manners Matter: My Roommates Are Slobs

    Dear Mary Pat,   Help! My roommates are total slobs. I live in a summer rental with three of my coworkers and no one seems to be aware of the fact that we do not have a live-in maid. The bathroom looks like a war zone with towels thrown about, make-up and brushes left on […]

  • 20 Years of Laughter and Memories with Doug Mancheski

    Doug Mancheski’s 20th season with Northern Sky Theater will be jam-packed, as the actor is cast in all four of the company’s summer shows. Mancheski spent four weeks in rehearsals to prepare for his performances. The actor is well known for quickly memorizing lines. While he has never forgotten dialogue, he has gotten caught up […]

  • Uncork Summer Returns to Wickman House June 25

    The grounds of the Wickman House in Ellison Bay will transform into a foodie’s paradise when it hosts the Uncork Summer Food, Wine and Musical Festival on Saturday, June 25. In its third year, Uncork celebrates Door County’s growing reputation as a culinary destination by showcasing the county’s top chefs in a single location. This […]

  • Culture Club: A Volunteer’s Perspective on The Hardy Gallery

    by Roger Benedict I am Roger Benedict and a seasonal resident of Door County. In the off-season, my wife and I reside in Rockford, Illinois, where I have extensive docent and art training at the Rockford Art Museum. For years we have been coming to Door County and we always enjoyed visiting The Hardy Gallery. […]

  • Beer Fest 2016: Homebrew Championship Winners Announced

    After a one-year hiatus, the Door County Homebrewing Championships returned as part of the Door County Beer Festival in 2016. More than 95 beers were entered in the contest, organized by brewing enthusiast Justin Minikel. “The focus of this competition is to provide good feedback to all entrants and reward talented brewers making great beer,” […]

  • Mama Digdown’s Brass Band

    Mama Digdown’s Brass Band Brings NOLA Sound to Beer Fest

    Patrons of the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge clap their hands to the beat as the ensemble of trumpets, trombones, percussion, saxophone and sousaphone make their way through the crowd from the stage to the street. They spill out of the nightclub’s entrance, continuing to play their entrancing rhythms, drawing out a dancing audience behind them. […]

  • Weather Wizard: Ample Sunshine this Weekend

      The one that got away The water lapped, the moon shone bright My fishing hopes blazed high that night But suddenly my dreams were dashed The line it broke and away he splashed The line it broke ten feet from shore And a record breaking fish he was for sure To those who will […]

  • Report: DNR Has Failed to Protect Water

    A recently released report from the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) confirmed what many have been saying for some time – the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is incapable of meeting its statutorily required wastewater permitting and enforcement duties. The report found the DNR did not follow through with 94.1 percent of violations from 2005 to […]

  • Framed: Youngest Steel Bridge Songfest Band

      The youngest band ever to perform at Steel Bridge Songfest, Radiobox. (From left) Johnny Delorit, lead vocals; Calvin Goettelman, drums; Jasper Goettelman, drums; Ben Luders, guitar; and Logan Retzlaff, guitar. Photo by Lori Delorit.

  • Horseshoe Bay Hosts 7th Annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Outing

    On the morning of the 7th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Outing, Board of Directors President Fran Shefchik offered his insight on the Boys and Girls Club. “There is nothing more rewarding than what the Boys and Girls Club is doing for our kids across the country,” he said. The Boys and Girls Club […]

  • Hinterland Brewery Moving Next to Lambeau Field

    Hinterland, according to Merriam Webster, means “a region remote from urban areas.” When Bill and Michelle Tressler started brewing beer in an old cheese factory outside of Tressler’s hometown of Green Bay in 1995, Hinterland was the name they chose for their brewery, and it certainly seemed appropriate at the time. But when you are […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: June 17-24, 2016

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?   “I’m not a human motorcycle.”   “No no no no no! No pooping in the garlic.”   “So I’m gonna be […]

  • Trivia: Rubik’s Cube Configurations

      Question: How many possible configurations does a standard 3×3 Rubik’s Cube have?   Answer: 43,252,003,274,489,856,000

  • Golf League Results: June 7-9

    ALPINE   Alpine Women’s Golf League (June 7) Event – Gross Score Minus Putts: A Flight –M. Aiken 32; B Flight – S. DuJardin 35; C Flight – D. Staats 37; D Flight – J. Balistreri/A. Junion 46. Low Score: A Flight – M. Aiken 45; B Flight – S. DuJardin 54; C Flight – […]

  • Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Open Egg Harbor Concert Series

    Tommy Castro and the Painkillers opens the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s Sunset Concert Series on June 19 at 7 pm. Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played […]

  • John Sawyer Joins Northern Sky Board of Directors

    John Sawyer recently joined Northern Sky Theater’s Board of Directors. A life-long Door County resident, born and raised on a dairy farm in Egg Harbor and owner of Carlson-Erickson Builders, Sawyer has an excellent reputation in the community. He has given much of his time to helping community, and has been involved with Gibraltar High […]

  • Summit Players Theatre Comes to Potawatomi State Park August 19

    Summit Players Theatre will make a stop at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay on Aug. 19 at 7 pm. Summit Players Theatre is a traveling, seven-member theater company who present short, accessible, free Shakespeare workshops and performances to audiences around the state of Wisconsin. Summit Players pride themselves on performing accessible Shakespeare that anyone […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces 2016 Company Members

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces its company members for the 81st season, running June 14 – Oct. 16. The mix of plays include a late-in-life romance, an intriguing whodunit, a raucous pop-rock musical, an engaging Midwest première, and a wildly comic thriller. Peninsula Players is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors […]

  • “Isaac’s Eye” Opens at TAP June 30

    Opening June 30 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is Isaac’s Eye; it will be performed through July 23. Isaac’s Eye is a fantastically brilliant and fresh new play by Lucas Hnath, one of the most produced young playwrights in the country today. This amazingly creative new work playfully presents the 17th Century world of Isaac […]

  • Beers and Bikes in Baileys Harbor June 18

    Baileys Harbor will be a mecca for bike and beer lovers Saturday, June 18, as the Door County Beer Festival and Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride come to town. More than 800 cyclists are expected to take part in routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles, starting and ending at the Cornerstone Pub. […]

  • Birch Creek Begins 41st Season

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center is thrilled to host a record-breaking number of Wisconsin students this summer. As of June 1, Birch Creek accepted 51 Wisconsin students into its summer programs, making up 29 percent of its current enrollment. This number is up from 33 in 2015, and is the most Wisconsin students accepted to […]

  • Toga Party Kicks off Door Shakespeare Season

    Door Shakespeare and Door County Brewing Co. are teaming up for Shakespeare, Rattle & Roll – a toga party at the brewery’s taproom on June 17 at 7 pm. The event celebrates Door Shakespeare’s 2016 season of performing Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “We’re excited to partner with Door County Brewing Co. for […]

  • 2016 Fyr Bal Schedule of Events

    Ephraim celebrates its 52nd Annual Fyr Bal Festival on Saturday, June 18. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal (pronounced fear ball) is Norwegian for bonfire. The festival re-creates customs of early Scandinavian settlers celebrating the Summer Solstice. Friday, June 17 10:30am: Free Historic Walking Tour, depart Anderson Barn 11am-4pm: Ephraim Culture Day (Bethany Lutheran Church, […]

  • Liberty Grove Historical Society Celebrates Ellison Bay’s 150th Anniversary

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Ellison Bay on June 25, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery on Mink River Road during a Spirit Walk. Come hear the stories of early settlers as presented by their descendants. Founder John Eliason, John Pfeil’s daughters Matilda […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Open for Daily Tours

    Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is now open for tours daily from 10 am with the last tour at 3:30 pm. Located in Peninsula State Park, this picturesque lighthouse has been restored by the Door County Historical Society and is furnished back to the 1883-1918 days when it was home to Captain Duclon and Julia and their […]

  • Sister Bay Concert Series Begins June 22

    Sister Bay has offered free afternoon music to summertime visitors and locals for more than 25 years. The tradition begins again June 22 at the Sister Bay stage in Waterfront Park with one small change – concerts begin at 6 pm. The concert series opens with David & Lynn Music. New acts such as Trout […]

  • June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day

    June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day. On June 21, skateboarders around the globe will celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity and spirit of skateboarding. The Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative, with sponsorship support from Ministry Door County Medical Center, is hosting a local event that will bring the community together around the family-friendly, outdoor athletic activities of […]

  • Garden Writer Rob Zimmer Presents at The Ridges

    Join fellow birding enthusiasts for a Discovery Bird Hike on June 18 at 6:30 am. This early morning excursion into the woods, fields and waters around Baileys Harbor is appropriate for both beginning and experienced birders. Hikers meet at The Ridges Cabins, 8288 Cty Q, in Baileys Harbor. Discovery Bird Hikes are free for Ridges […]

  • Hike with Newport’s Naturalist

    Meet the Newport State Park naturalist for a guided hike on June 18 at 10 am. It will be a morning of discovering all that Newport State Park has to offer. The naturalist will point out trees, shrubs and wildflowers, as well as geologic and historical features of the park. This will be an easy, […]

  • Heritage Village Hosts Germanfest and Demonstrations

    The Door County Historical Society’s interpretive site, Heritage Village at Big Creek, begins its season on June 18 with a salute to German Heritage at Germanfest. Guests will “Prost” (toast) everything German. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen or come and learn what they are. The festival will be held from 11 am – 2 pm, […]

  • Crossroads Offers Guided Hikes

    Join a naturalist-led hike at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay on June 17 at 10 am. During this dock walk, hikers will see the new dock at Big Creek Cove. The hike is free and open to the public, but it may be muddy. The hike will last an hour. Park and meet […]

  • Reduced Chinook Stocking Recommended

    A 62 percent reduction in Chinook salmon stocking numbers for 2017 has been recommended by the Lake Michigan Committee of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. In an online media briefing held the morning of June 13, two members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries team – Todd Kalish and Brad Eggold – discussed […]

  • New Seminars Begin at Björklunden June 26

    From June 26 – July 1, Björklunden is offering these seminars: “What Will We Fight For? Considering Alternative Grand Strategies for America” with Michael Desch and “How We Know What We Know” with Tomas Baer. “What Will We Fight For?” will explore the various grand strategic options available to the United States for the 21st […]

  • Salsa Dancing Available Across Door County

    Salsa with J-Ro is the premier provider of ballroom, wedding, salsa and Latin dance classes in Door County. Located in Sturgeon Bay, Salsa with J-Ro offers both private and group dance classes for individuals, couples and groups of all sizes. On Sundays, “Salsa Under the Stars” at Harbour Village Resort in Carlsville. There will be […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Dulcan Family.

    Historical Society Program Portrays Life of Lighthouse Keeper and Family

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting and program, “Eagle Bluff Lighthouse – At Home with the Duclons,” on June 27. The program will feature Ann Sheridan and Ed Miller, portraying Lighthouse Keeper Captain William Duclon and his wife Julia. William and Julia, and their seven sons, moved to Eagle Bluff […]

  • Master Taxidermist Presents At Door County Historical Museum

    Master taxidermist Mike Orthober will be at the Door County Historical Museum on June 25 from 10 am until noon. He designed and built the museum’s nature diorama and he will talk about the art and science of taxidermy as well as answer questions about the exhibit. Orthober, of Egg Harbor, is well known in […]

  • Movies that Matter Screens Citizenfour

    A free screening of Citizenfour will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on June 21 at 4:30 pm. This 2014 documentary film tells the story of Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. In January 2013, Laura Poitras, an American documentary film director/producer who had been working for several years on a […]

  • Kaija Johnson Heads Youth Programming at Write On

    Remember those teachers who made you love anything you were learning, believed in you, supported you, accepted nothing but your best and made you feel excited to go to school? Kaija Johnson, Write On, Door County’s Youth Program Coordinator for this summer’s classes for elementary-aged children and teens, is just such a teacher. Kaija, daughter […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 14, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes 3. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen 4. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George 5. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Dead Wake, by Erik […]

  • Sign Up for Kari Anderson Watercolor Classes

    Watercolorist Kari Anderson is offering classes at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club in June and July. Classes will be held from 11 am to 3 pm on the following dates: June 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27. Classes cost $40, which includes the price of the class as well as a soup and salad bar […]

  • Annual Juried Exhibit Opens at The Hardy

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to present its 54th Annual Juried Exhibit, June 17 – July 21, featuring a dynamic range of artwork from local and regional artists. The opening reception is June 17 beginning at 5:30 pm. The most notable of The Hardy exhibits, this exhibit features a variety of media: painting, drawing, sculpture, […]

  • June is Jewelry Month at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge is featuring two of the artists from the June is Jewelry Month showcase this week. Jennifer Merchant and Bongsang Cho employ unusual materials, master techniques and playful designs. Bongsang Cho is a South Korea-born metalsmith. This young artist combines traditional techniques of forming metal with new technology to create innovative work. Beautiful, strong […]

  • Cappaert Begins Second Season with Reception

    The annual evening reception at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery is scheduled for June 25, 4 – 7 pm. This year’s exhibit, Fresh Start – Season 2, is a group show of new works by the 40 artists represented and will feature music by Small Forest. Refreshments and a s’mores bar will round out the fun. Ginnie […]

  • Birdhouse Artist Wins People’s Choice at Sturgeon Bay Fair

    Choosing the top artists from a park full of talented creators was a challenge during the 18th annual Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair. Guest judge Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director of the Miller Art Museum, scrutinized the booths filled with original artwork, and brooded over the decisions of which artist to award. “Technical proficiency, regardless of […]

  • Local Artist Creates Fyr Bal Medallion

    The 2016 Fyr Bal pendant is designed by award-winning artist, Cynthia L. Koshalek of Artzy Studio, Ephraim. Koshalek volunteered to create the medallion and created the custom artwork from copper and sterling. The medallion is sawn by hand, creating pierced areas in an applique style. Texture is added by using a special planishing hammer that […]

  • Brawner’s Banner Wins First Place Award

    Last December the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) announced its banner project for the summer of 2016 and asked area artists to participate. The artists were asked to submit an original painting using the theme “For the Love of Sturgeon Bay.” SBVC selected 25 of the pieces in late February, and those paintings were reproduced […]

  • New Birdhouses Completed for Dutch Auction Sale

    Door County Art League artists are decorating, painting and displaying birdhouses for the Dutch Auction Sale on July 2. The auction benefits The Gallery of the Door County Art League (DCAL). View the newest selection of birdhouses displayed throughout June in the nonprofit gallery in the courtyard at the Top of the Hill Shops in […]

  • Abstractions at Plum Bottom’s Latest Art Show

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to Art Show 6: Abstractions on June 23, 3 – 6 pm, with new work from three of the gallery’s abstract artists: Carol and Mark Pflughoeft and Sara Vanderkleed. Come and enjoy a glass of von Stiehl vitner’s blend wine or a cup of Door County Coffee […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Host Exhibit III Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host the Exhibit III reception on June 18, 4 – 7 pm. This exhibit features the artwork of painters Gretchen Klug, Tom Nachreiner and Leslie Wu, jeweler Olga Ganoudis, furniture maker and sculptor Nathan Hatch, and glass artists Joseph and Georgia Pozycinski. The featured artists will give short talks about their […]

  • Craig Blietz Wins “Best in Show” at Door Prize for Portraiture

    The seventh annual Door Prize for Portraiture, currently on display at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, opened June 4 with an enthusiastic audience of artists and patrons. Craig Blietz (Sister Bay) was announced as the winner of the Best in Show for his oil on linen painting “Steps of the Lion House.” Bonnita […]

  • Meet-the-Artist Reception with Chick Peterson at Cottage Row

    Renowned Door County artist Charles L. Peterson will be featured at Cottage Row Gallery June 18 – July 2. The special exhibit will open with a meet-the-artist reception on June 18, 10 am – 1 pm. Peterson lives and paints in Door County, where he moved in 1973 following a 20-year career as a professor […]